WEEKLY BULLETIN ON PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT AND RECYCLING

8 - 14 September, 2019  |  Volume : 171

NATIONAL

No imminent 'ban' on single-use plastic says Javadekar- The Hindu

There is no imminent ban on the use of single-use plastic (SUP) in India, according to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. At a press conference on Monday, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't say ‘ban’, but said 'goodbye’ to SUP waste. “From October 2, we will begin an attempt to collect all that waste. Nearly 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste remains uncollected. My government has announced that India will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years.” he pointed out.

Jairam Ramesh slams proposed ban on use of single use plastic- The Indian Express

Congress l,eader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday took a swipe at the Modi government over the proposed ban on use of single use plastic, saying it will only grab headlines and “mask” this regime’s true environmental record. He also said that he, as environment minister, had resisted the blanket ban on plastic use as the industry employs lakhs of people. The former Environment minister said the real problem was how to dispose of and recycle plastic waste.

Modi govt’s blanket ban on plastics at this moment of economic slowdown is a bad idea - The Print

Modi govt’s blanket ban on plastics at this moment of economic slowdown is a bad idea. The single-use plastic ban is a disguised admission by the government that it has failed to put in place adequate garbage disposal mechanisms. It is unclear if anyone in the government has done economic and environmental cost-benefit analyses of a nationwide ban on single-use plastics. The paradox of the plastic bag is that its total environmental footprint is actually much lower than that of alternatives. According to a study conducted by the Danish government in 2018, you need to use a paper bag 43 times to achieve the same cumulative environmental impact as a plastic bag.

Food ministry to ban single-use plastic bottles from September 15- The Times of India

Reiterating the PM’s call the Food and consumer affairs ministry has decided to ban single-use plastic bottles from September 15. The decision was taken at a meeting held by Union food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Paswan announced "a blanket ban on all types of single use plastics products in the ministry as well as PSUs, including Food Corporations of India from September 15.

Mayor Gangambike sets October deadline to stop plastic use- The New Indian Express

Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun has said malls, super markets, hotels and restaurants — who are the largest users of plastic — must switch over to alternatives by October failing which they will be penalised and their licences will be cancelled. BBMP commissioner B H Anil Kumar, who was present at the event, said plastic has been banned with the implementation of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules-2016.

Plastic ban intensifies in Pune, yet to find alternative- The Indian Express

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ban on the use of single-use plastic has put state dairies in a fix as they are still looking for an economical alternative to plastic pouches. While the Maharashtra government banned single-use plastic months ago, a concrete plan for recycling and buying back milk pouches is yet to take a concrete shape.

Odisha’s Ganjam district to levy Rs 10 for SWM- The Indian Express

Odisha’s Ganjam district is witnessing a pioneering effort to implement solid waste management in rural areas. The move comes in the wake of a National Green Tribunal order, asking Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) being employed beyond the urban areas. As such, in the first phase, the sanitation regulations will be enforced in 10 Gram Panchayats of Ganjam by September 30, while the whole district will be covered by March 31, 2020. While Rs 10 per month will be collected from each rural household for garbage disposal, a sum between Rs 100 to Rs 500 will be collected from business establishment.

Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation gets extra land for W-E plant- The Hindustan Times

The Ghaziabad municipal-corporation on Saturday received the possession of an additional 13 acres of land for construction of waste-to-energy plant at Galand. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) had earlier handed over about 18 acres of land to the municipal-corporation, while deliberations over acquiring the additional land were going on since last year. Officials said the possession of the additional land will now pave way for constructing the city’s first scientific solid waste management facility. The waste-to-energy plant is proposed over 35 acres of land at Galand and will be developed in compliance with the Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2016.

PMC inaugurates its first plastic-to-fuel project- The Hindustan Times

Mukta Tilak, Pune mayor, on Tuesday inaugurated Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) first plastic-to-fuel project in the city at Ghole road. Tilak said, “Pur O Fuel Pvt Ltd company invested Rs 3.5 crore in the project, which is indigenous and will promote the ‘Make In India’ scheme.” The mayor said that Pune is facing a tough task in garbage management as 1,700 to 1,800 metric tonnes of garbage is generated in the city every day.

Schools in Delhi to join campaign against single-use plastic- The Hindu

The Delhi government has directed all schools under the Directorate of Education to heed the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put an end to single-use plastic. In a circular, the DoE directed all heads of schools to senstitise students, teachers and staff against using single-use plastic.

 
INTERNATIONAL

California could become the first state to ban single-use plastics

A bill, along with two others, are poised to dramatically reimagine California’s relationship to plastic, mostly by trying to prevent industries from producing new, virgin plastic in the first place. Right now, the US produces 335 million tons of new plastic each year. If passed, the bills would ban the production or sale of any non-recyclable single-use packaging containers in the state by 2030. They would also require California to either recycle 75% of all single-use plastic packaging and products sold or distributed in California, or otherwise find a way for them not to end up in landfills.

Gillette and TerraCycle to make all razors recyclable in Canada

Personal care brand Gillette has partnered with US recycling company TerraCycle to make all razors and its plastic packaging recyclable in Canada. As part of the partnership, the brand aims to recycle its disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units and razor plastic packaging nationwide. Customers can sign up on the Gillette razor recycling and razor local recycling solutions programmes to participate in the initiative. Following the razor recycling programme, customers can download a free TerraCycle shipping label, pack the razors in a puncture-proof package and ship it to TerraCycle for recycling.

Sonoco develops EnviroSense sustainable packaging initiative

Global packaging company Sonoco has developed a new sustainable packaging initiative EnviroSense in an effort to protect the environment. EnviroSense will cover a range of packaging materials, including 100% recycled paperboard cans, rigid plastic packaging with post-consumer recycled content, recyclable mono-material flexible pouches and agricultural fibre-based packaging. Products produced under the initiative will incorporate various sustainable packaging attributes such as lower environmental impact, optimised package-to-product ratio, shipping optimisation, increased recycled content use, recyclability, fibre sourcing, compostability, and the use of bio-based materials. Sonoco president and CEO Rob Tiede said: “At Sonoco, we recognise the critical importance of developing sustainable packaging solutions that will protect and preserve our planet for future generations.

Best Regards,

For The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association

Hiten Bheda,
Chairman - Environment & Recycling Committee

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Ms. Ankita Satghare - +91 22 6777 8812 environment@aipma.net

 
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